Thursday, February 14, 2013

Matters of the Heart

According to Merriam-Webster, Valentine's Day is a "lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St.Valentine is considered the patron of lovers and especially of those unhappily in love. The feast day became a lovers' festival in the 14th century, probably as an extension of pagan love festivals and fertility rites celebrated in mid-February".

I know some people have a difficult time with Valentine's Day.  For those who are not in romantic relationships, the holiday can seem painfully lonely.  For those with partners, there seems to be a lot of pressure to plan the "perfect" evening and get the "perfect" gift. 

Perhaps, the focus needs to be on giving and receiving love even in the little things we do. How much do you love and take care of yourself?  your friends and family?  strangers you encounter?   Do you focus on gratitude for what you do have or do you bemoan the fact that something is "missing" in your life?

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be just for lovers.  It's a "holiday" that draws our attention to love (and chocolate).  It seems like a great time to show appreciation for all of the awesome people in our lives.  We might consider sending a handwritten Thank-You note, planning an activity with friends, or committing random acts of kindness.  Let's have fun with this!

February is, also, American Heart Health MonthHow well have you been taking care of your heart?  Do you feed it whole, nutritious foods or is your heart working overtime to process the junk you put in your body?  Is your stress level through the roof?  Do you surround yourself with positive, supportive people?

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women.  Obviously, men are greatly affected as well.  There are many things we can do to keep our hearts in top shape.  Exercise, eating right, social support, proper supplementation, and even chocolate (Yes!) all play a role. 

Taking excellent care of ourselves includes acknowledging our emotions and learning to curb unhealthy habits.  If you are ready to find out how Coaching can help you cultivate the mindset and the habits that lead to a happier, richer life, contact me at 732-842-3515.  My treat to you - set up an initial session by Friday, February 15th and receive a $25 discount!

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Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy Valentine's Day & Heart Health Month!

~Coach Jenna

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